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Certainly one of the better Shepherd Neame pubs I've been to recently (in London). I had a very nice pint of Skinners Betty Stogs. I liked the interior too, a couple of different rooms which made it feel slightly homely. I was there at around 1pm on a Tuesday lunch, it was fairly quiet, but it looked like the food was quite popular. For its location, just outside the city, worth searching out.
Doob - 27 Nov 2012 16:02
Decent Shepherd & Neame pub just outside the city but it does cater for the city types.

Can be a bit sterile and dull inside as the staff are not the most welcoming.

Great choice of ales as you would expect from a S & N pub and is surprisingly cheap for the area.


lezford - 11 Nov 2012 22:54
Seemed a very straight forward ordinary pub. Not very busy but it was mid afternoon. Considering there were not too many customers the girl behind the bar seemed impatient.
Three Shepherd Neame beers on masterbrew, Spitfire and Early Bird. I had the EB and have to say it wasn't the best I've ever drunk.
The TV showed BBC news with the sub titles on.
Clean and tidy but not very welcoming.
outtamehead - 22 Apr 2012 00:04
A very well kept SN house. It is clean, pleasant, though the regulars seemed a little insular. A good choise of well kept pints from the normal Neame selection, we were forced to depart by the larger drinker with us; apparently he is not too fond of Orange Tree. Worth a visit if in the area.
bobbyredsocks - 16 Mar 2011 19:16
Nothing really special about this pub except for the pice of the Master Brew which is £3.00. a bargain compared with deepest Kent where its brewed. Why is that?
Huey - 15 Oct 2010 09:50
Another Shepherd Neame pub catering for City workers. Spitfire, Master Brew and Early Bird were the three real ales available on my visit yesterday. The interior is mostly polished dark wood. There is plenty of seating at clean tables. Standing outdoors on the pavement was proving popular. There is a 'White Swan' glass mirror behind the bar and an old telephone next to the door to the toilets. BBC News was being shown on the TV, whilst soft music could occasionally be heard amongst much guffawing from the office workers. A pretty bog standard City pub.
blue_scrumpy - 22 May 2010 15:02
Reasonable small pub but expensive. £3.30 for a pint of Earlybird.
wildnight - 26 May 2009 21:10
Small but pleasant. Good range of beers and tidy food. Could be described as a village pub in the city. Recommended.

Old school English pub that is off the main road. No music so a good place to talk and not be crushed.
pc09 - 5 Mar 2009 15:18
Not a bad little place (little being the operative word) that I popped into on a whim during my crawl.

The Shepherds Neame beers were fine - 3 in total I think which is unsurprising given the small size of the place and its 'off the beaten track' quality.

The interior, as noted elsewhere, was clean and orderly, with a slant towards the Victorian in terms of nik-naks and furniture.

In contrast to other reviewers, I found it relatively busy (although I was in there at the fag-end of a Friday lunchtime) so getting a seat was tough!

Not a bad place, worth a stop if passing but it's hard to get too excited by it.
Quinno - 9 Feb 2009 18:58
This is a Shepherd Neame pub, with the usual range on offer Ė plus a porter, which you donít see everywhere. The service was fine. A not unpleasant, although unusual, smell of coffee pervaded the pub. It doesnít seem to have changed since JohnBonserís review over 18 months ago. I also found this pub to be smart and clean, but rather characterless, and more like a wine bar or hotel bar than a pub. I have no gripe with the place; it does do some decent beer after all. Itís just that I prefer somewhere a little less clinical. But donít let me put you off - I have been to many worse places in the City.
RexRattus - 6 Feb 2009 16:47
Clean and functional Sheps pub not too far from The Still and Star and Aldgate Bus Station. I found the White Swan to be disappointingly bland with a typical sameness ( burgundy and cream walls, mixture of sofas and wooden bar stools, polished floor, chalk board menu etc ) that one associates with chain pubs. As the previous contributor correctly says, the pub lacks atmosphere. My pint of Spitfire (£ 3.00 ) was spot on, but I can't see myself doing this one again.

Try the Still and Star instead if it's a proper pub with a bit of character and atmosphere that you're after
JohnBonser - 15 Jun 2007 12:37
It is obviously a lunchtime place, it was dead the evening we arrived. Good enough pint, clean and tidy. It just wasn't the place for us, no atmosphere whatsoever.
2pintsofbitter - 13 Feb 2007 10:34
Nice pub, good beer if a little pricey (though standard for somewhere that's not a Wetherspoons I suppose). Shep's Spitfire, Masterbrew; Oranjieboum (sp?) and Holsten I think. (not a lager drinker...) Nice bar staff - all female (not that that makes a difference of course... honestly :-), very friendly landlady. Opposite a good Indian - a halal place that's had good reviews from colleagues, with a wide choice. - Sorry, bit off topic but not a bad place to go after the Mucky Duck if you don't like to eat on an empty stomach!
andrex - 19 Jan 2006 16:28
Good Shepherd Neame pub serving good beer.
TheHorsesMouth - 20 Oct 2005 14:08
A good pub with well-kept Shepherd Neame beers. One minor gripe - what is the point of having a non-smoking area that seems to be only the 2ft space next to the bar. It would be quite easy to make one room non-smoking which would be good as it can be quite smokey in here.
GrahamA - 10 Mar 2005 11:17
Very friendly staff. A nice welcome and excellent pub
andy - 16 May 2004 21:09
Nice and laid back if you ago a bit later in he evening. Good range of beers and friendly staff.
Al - 30 Dec 2003 00:08
Another - very good - Shepherd Neame pub.
Darren in the City - 24 Nov 2003 17:12
nice comfortable sofas and not too outrageous prices by london standards
derry - 3 Aug 2003 21:38

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